Posts Tagged ‘surreal’

Photo observation

I chose this picture because it changes as you look at it. At first the egg looks huge, then the egg is just sitting on top  of the roof, and then the egg is hovering over the roof.  I also like that this is a real photo that has achieved a surreal vibe without being heavily photoshopped.

Photo Observation

  1.  Found on, photo manipulation by Sarolta Ban;
  2.  Theme: Surreal
  3.  I found this picture to be fitting for the theme because, much like the definition of the word ‘surreal’, it is a very unnatural photograph.  More importantly though, the lighting used to create the image really sold the surreal aspect of the picture; had the tree been front-lit, I think it would have produced a more serene and happy image.  However, because of the way the lighting casts shadows and darkness onto the water, and the way the tree and the boat are highlighted through the backlight, it gives a truly unique feeling that the image and situation is absurd; it gives the feeling that something is definitely off, but in a captivating and almost mesmerizing way.

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Photograph taken by Erik Johansson

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4. This photograph brings outside nature into one’s home. The photo makes it seem as though the two worlds seamlessly blend together. The lighting in the room is produced by a bedside lamp as well as the moon inside the bedroom. The natural and artificial light being within the same room, but lighting different landscapes created a surreal feeling of the photograph.

Photo Observation 9

  1. By Laura Williams from
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  3. This picture is surreal because the position of the mirror makes it seem like the girl’s body has disappeared. The lighting helps this by adding a glowing effect, making it seem as though she is something out of a dream.


I thought this image was surreal because the time lapse makes it seem like all three lights on each stop light are on at all times. In addition, the complete darkness and lack of cars adds to the eerie nature of the image.

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Beware – things are not always as they appear…

Part of the series "Night". Working mainly in darkness, I build up the light, applying it precisely. The landscape takes on a fuller existence, brought on by the coalescence of light and exhibits a sense of “hyper-reality,” yet at the same time has a certain quietness and beauty. All of my images are created using light painting, in this case using a battery powered 20"x10" LED panel.

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Searching for surreal lighting, or lighting that evokes some kind of un-reality or dream-reality, as opposed to simply finding a surrealist painting proved quite challenging…the white light highlighting the sides of the trees contrasts the pitch black background, while the shadows of the trees fall forward into the viewer’s space creates a haunting world in which things are not always as they appear. Light seems to emanate from below to illuminate the underside of the leaves & branches, and yet also appears to come from above as wide swaths of the grass surrounding the trees are also illuminated. I imagine this image in something like a Tim Burton film, or maybe in Alice in Wonderland (using colored lights). It also would work quite well in moments of The Devil and Daniel Webster.

Photo Observation #11: Surreal Lighting at the Happiest Place on Earth


I got this photo from a blog about Epcot called Epcot Explorer: .

The theme is surreal.

The lighting is unreal in its color, its angle, its vibrancy. The sky is lit up by lasers like the end of the world or like a mystical portal is opening. The colorful lights are reflected in the water making it resemble a magical river that one might dream up as a child. All of the lighting is fantastical even the bright projected white on the Earth. The water shows the hidden mysteries of lights that are far off and also the pink and green of the globe. The various angles are unusual as the light from the water fountains illustrates since it goes straight up with the water. There are neons, bright magentas, oranges, blues, greens, and white in the color palette of the lights. There are hints of red, yellow, and purple as well. It is like a rainbow but brighter; the lights have a similar feeling of joy in their colors as fireworks and glow sticks. They are spectacular and delightful like a magician show. Clearly, the lights are magical not realistic. Even the sky with the green and blue fading into one another repeatedly in a pattern is mostly intense and vibrant in color and brightness. This brightness is like the pages of children’s picture books and children’s toys in general. Consequently, the lighting is surreal and creates an atmosphere that is playful, reflexive, and dream-like.

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Surreal – Tia


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Theme: Surreal

Description: This picture depicts a woman standing on top of a mountain after a presumably long hike. The view from the top is what I consider to be surreal in this photo. This, along with the feeling one gets when experiencing this instance.

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Photo Credit: John Poppleton, (Check out this link, all of the photographs are really cool.)

Theme: Surreal

Description: The first thing I think of in terms of lighting when I hear surreal is blacklights, or UV lights. UV light looks crazy, like someone took normal light and turned it on its head. It makes the subjects look very strange and almost alien-esque.

This is surreal because the sunset is not something you typically see on a human body, and the human body isn’t usually blue, either. The blacklight cast on the woman’s back makes a sharp contrast between her plain skin and the painting, so it really comes to life. The orange light in front of her mixes with the blue color on her body and mimics the some of the pink and purple colors in the painting in her face and hair. It looks very otherworldly and surreal.



Photo Observation: Surreal


Theme: Surreal

Description: This is a photo of a woman sitting in what appears to be a bar or night club of some sort. To one side of her there is a large amount of red light and to the other there is blue. In the room there is also green light and hints yellow light. These mixtures of colors cause the lighting in the photo to give off a surreal effect because the colors blend and mix over the woman in the photo and cast unnatural shadows on her face. The different colors also give the appearance of a dream or intoxicated state. The lighting is not the standard colors we are used to seeing in our daily life.

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